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It's that time of year again. As more and more awards are being announced, SAG noms were announced this morning, critic's are beginning to unveil their top 10 of the year as well.


Peter Travers, Rolling Stone magazine

1. 12 Years a Slave
2. Gravity
3. The Wolf of Wall Street
4. Before Midnight
5. Her
6. American Hustle
7. Captain Phillips
8. Nebraska
9. Blue Jasmine
10. Inside Llewyn Davis


Richard Corliss, Time Magazine

1. Gravity
2. The Great Beauty
3. American Hustle
4. Her
5. The Grandmaster
6. Fast & Furious 6
7. Frozen
8. The Act of Killing
9. 12 Years a Slave
10. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug


Chris Nashawaty, EW

1. Before Midnight
2. Gravity
3. 12 Years a Slave
4. Fruitvale Station
5. Captain Phillips
6. Enough Said
7. Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
8. Out of the Furnace
9. All is Lost
10. The Conjuring


Owen Gleiberman, EW

1. 12 Years a Slave
2. American Hustle
3. Before Midnight
4. Fruitvale Station
5. Gravity
6. Blue Jasmine
7. The Past
8. World War Z
9. Prisoners
10. Inside Llewyn Davis


David Edelstein, New York Vulture

1. Her
2. American Hustle
3. The Act of Killing
4. Much Ado About Nothing
5. Short Term 12
6. 20 Feet From Stardom
7. All is Lost
8. Caesar Must Die
9. Blue is the Warmest Color
10. The Wind Rises


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HER is appearing on a lot of these. Considering it's coming out in NY on December 18th, looks like I'm gonna make a trip up there to see it before the end of the year. I did this last year with Zero Dark Thirty. What can I say? I'm a completist.

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I can't help myself:

Vexer, Under Appreciated Art Magazine:

1) Fast and Furious 6
2) Olympus Has Fallen
3) Identity Thief
4) Bullet to the Head
5) The Last Stand
6) A Good Day to Die Hard
7) G.I. Joe: Retaliation
8) Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
9) White House Down
10) Homefront


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Mr. Beef, did you do any fact-checking before you turned in this assignment?

If I remember correctly, Vex thought Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters looked like crap and refused to see it. And he loved Kick Ass 2, which is nowhere to be found on there.

You get an A for effort but F for execution. Using Pedro's grading sytem, that should roughly equate to a D+.

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KWRoss wrote:
Using Pedro's grading sytem, that should roughly equate to a D+.

I don't give pluses or minuses. :)

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KWRoss wrote:
Mr. Beef, did you do any fact-checking before you turned in this assignment?

If I remember correctly, Vex thought Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters looked like crap and refused to see it. And he loved Kick Ass 2, which is nowhere to be found on there.

You get an A for effort but F for execution. Using Pedro's grading sytem, that should roughly equate to a D+.

Yeah, Witch Hunters looked terrible, but I did check it out on DVD out of morbid curiosity and it was every as bit as terrible as I expected it to be, hell the Asylum rip-off was actually more well-made and entertaining then that piece of crap.

I enjoyed all the other films you mentioned, though I would put "The Heat" or "We're The Millers" over Identity Thief and Kick Ass 2 over Homefront.


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Sight & Sound
1. “The Act of Killing,” Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark/U.K./Norway/Germany/Finland/Sweden/Netherlands/Poland
2. “Gravity,” Alfonso Cuaron, Mexico/U.S.
3. “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” Abdellatif Kechiche, Belgium/Spain/France
4. “The Great Beauty,” Paolo Sorrentino, France/Italy
5. “Frances Ha,” Noah Baumbach, Brazil/U.S.
=6. “A Touch of Sin,” Jia Zhangke, China
=6. “Upstream Color,” Shane Carruth, U.S.
8. “The Selfish Giant,” Clio Barnard, U.K.
=9. “Norte, the End of History,” Lav Diaz, Philippines
=9. “Stranger by the Lake,” Alain Guiraudie, France

Les Cahiers du Cinema
1. “Stranger by the Lake,” Alain Guiraudie, France
2. “Spring Breakers,” Harmony Korine, U.S.
3. “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” Abdellatif Kechiche, Belgium/France/Spain
4. “Gravity,” Alfonso Cuaron, Mexico/U.S.
5. “A Touch of Sin,” Jia Zhangke, China
6. “Lincoln,” Steven Spielberg, U.S.
7. “Jealousy,” Philippe Garrel, France
8. “Nobody’s Daughter Haewon,” Hong Sang-soo, S. Korea
9. “You and the Night,” Yann Gonzalez, France
10. “Age of Panic,” Justine Triet, France


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I'm hoping that Spring Breakers gets a lot lof love in these year-end polls. It's currently 5th place on criticstop10.com

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roastbeef_ajus wrote:
I can't help myself:

Vexer, Under Appreciated Art Magazine:

1) Fast and Furious 6
2) Olympus Has Fallen
3) Identity Thief
4) Bullet to the Head
5) The Last Stand
6) A Good Day to Die Hard
7) G.I. Joe: Retaliation
8) Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
9) White House Down
10) Homefront


Where is the source for this? Can't seem to find it.


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Steven wrote:
I'm hoping that Spring Breakers gets a lot lof love in these year-end polls. It's currently 5th place on criticstop10.com


I hope James Franco gets a Supporting Actor nomination for that film. It's the most off-the-wall role he's ever played. Supporting Actor is nowhere near as crowded as the Lead category, so he has a shot.

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Can someone tell me what they saw in Spring Breakers? I'm not trying to be funny, I honestly want to know why people think it's good.


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Can someone tell me what they saw in Spring Breakers? I'm not trying to be funny, I honestly want to know why people think it's good.

I'm not sure how to describe it myself, but IMO this review does a pretty good job of explaining why it's good:

http://www.dustinputman.com/reviews/s/13_springbreakers.htm


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It's a cautionary tale and has a lot to say about our culture's obsession with hardcore partying. The way phrases and sentences are repeated constantly has a point. The four girls went on this vacation to escape from boring, repetitive everyday life, but if you think about it, isn't the Franco character's life, which revolves around money, booze, guns, and thuggery, also repetitive? You know what they say about the grass looking greener on the other side.....

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I'm not on computer, so to keep it short what I love about it (right now I have it in my top 10): It's like a twisted Malick. The images and mood just wash over me.


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The AV Club's Bottom 15 of 2013.

15. Girl Most Likely
14. Hatchet III
13. Planes
12. Battle of the Year
11. Wrong
10. Dario Argento's Dracula
9. Big Wedding
8. Gangster Squad
7. Austenland
6. Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
5. A Haunted House
4. Man of Steel
3. And While We Were Here
2. Dealin' With Idiots
1. A Good Day to Die Hard

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Ken wrote:
The AV Club's Bottom 15 of 2013.

15. Girl Most Likely
14. Hatchet III
13. Planes
12. Battle of the Year
11. Wrong
10. Dario Argento's Dracula
9. Big Wedding
8. Gangster Squad
7. Austenland
6. Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
5. A Haunted House
4. Man of Steel
3. And While We Were Here
2. Dealin' With Idiots
1. A Good Day to Die Hard

Man Of Steel really? Honestly I find it hard to take their reviews seriously nowadays.


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Yeah, Man of Steel is a surprising choice there. Must be one of those people who thought Synder's vision betrayed their expectations of what Superman should be. Or something....

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KWRoss wrote:
Yeah, Man of Steel is a surprising choice there. Must be one of those people who thought Synder's vision betrayed their expectations of what Superman should be. Or something....

Agreed, Hansel and Gretel really should've been on that list, Hatchet 3 was a kickass sequel as was Good Day To Die Hard, Big Wedding was also pretty funny.


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Some of those choices are definitely intended to stir the pot. I can't say I blame them. After all, who's going to read a list of 15 ultra-obscure movies that make these ones look like masterpieces?

Still, you can definitely take issue with the specific choices. I feel like some of them are meant to represent several movies, rather than just themselves. The authors of the list can't cram in every summer blockbuster (ex. Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness), so they throw in just one to stand for all of them (Man of Steel). They can't cram in every piece of early year shovelware, so they put in Gangster Squad. And so on with many of the other titles.

I'm not a big fan of this kind of criticism. I don't like it when critics say stuff that probably doesn't reflect their honest opinions, just so they can drive at a point. But it's more understandable with these end-of-the-year lists than it is in regular reviews. There's a lot of opinionating to be done.

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Vexer wrote:
KWRoss wrote:
Yeah, Man of Steel is a surprising choice there. Must be one of those people who thought Synder's vision betrayed their expectations of what Superman should be. Or something....

Agreed, Hansel and Gretel really should've been on that list, Hatchet 3 was a kickass sequel as was Good Day To Die Hard, Big Wedding was also pretty funny.


Wait a sec, just went back to the link and saw that it's a "group list." That explains a lot.

Ken wrote:
I'm not a big fan of this kind of criticism. I don't like it when critics say stuff that probably doesn't reflect their honest opinions, just so they can drive at a point. But it's more understandable with these end-of-the-year lists than it is in regular reviews. There's a lot of opinionating to be done.


I'm not even sure how to tell if a person's opinion is honest or not when it comes to movies. Maybe you'd have to look at that critic's larger body of work and see if there's any consistency and whether he ever contradicts himself.

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